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Looking at the Trail that Former Browns Safety David Sims Left Behind

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After seeing that the Indianapolis Colts signed David Sims earlier today, that got me to wondering -- what ended up being the outcome of the trade between the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles two years ago? If you recall, Sims was a training camp stud at the safety position who fans thought was going to make the final roster. Instead, Tom Heckert traded Sims to the Eagles for a conditional draft pick.

The straight up terms of the deal eventually ended up with Cleveland giving Philadelphia a 7th-round pick, and Philadelphia giving Cleveland a 6th round pick. That 6th round pick is the one we are going to associate with Sims. Now, get ready to go on a crazy journey to see where that pick is today.

  • On January 23, 2013, it was announced that the Browns were getting the Eagles' 6th-round draft pick, which was the fifth pick in the round (No. 173 overall).

  • On April 1, 2013, the Browns traded Colt McCoy to the 49ers. Cleveland also sent the Sims pick (No. 173 overall) to the 49ers. In return, the Browns received the 49ers fifth-round pick (No. 164 overall) and seventh-round pick (No. 227 overall). The 227th pick ended up being OG Garrett Gilkey. Right now, though, it sounds like the Sims pick was basically upgraded from No. 173 overall to No. 164 overall.

  • On April 27, 2013, which was Day 3 of the draft, the Browns traded their fourth-round pick (No. 104 overall) and the Sims upgraded pick (No. 164 overall) to the Dolphins for WR Davone Bess, the Dolphins' fourth-round pick (No. 111 overall), and the Dolphins' 7th-round pick (No. 217 overall). The 217th pick ended up being DE Armonty Bryant. We're getting a bit murky here, but now we can say the Sims pick has been upgraded to No. 111 overall.

  • On April 27, 2013, the Browns traded the Sims pick (fourth-round, No. 111 overall) for the Pittsburgh Steelers' third-round pick in 2014. Compensatory picks have not been announced yet, but Cleveland will be picking somewhere around No. 83 overall come May 2014.

  • Just for kicks, who did the Eagles draft with the 7th-round pick that the Browns originally gave them in the Sims trade? Joe Kruger, the only of the Kruger brothers who was not in training camp with Cleveland last offseason.

Some trades are just one-and-done, but that's not the case with Sims. Assuming Cleveland does not trade out of the Steelers' third-round pick, the outcome of the Sims trade will finally be complete come May, with the deal having played a hand in the drafting of Gilkey and Bryant, the acquisition of Bess, and the dismissal of McCoy already. This year is where the Sims trade should really pay off, but who would've ever thought that a conditional draft pick trade made by Heckert would lead to this?